Partnerships & Education
Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy
The Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy (GBCCA) presents training opportunities for local students before graduation. The GBCCA has been designed to offer pathways for students to explore career options and professional certifications. Some of those programs include manufacturing and machinery mechanics, robotics, STEM, architecture and construction, and business marketing and finance. Additionally, through the GBCCA, students have the ability to receive dual credit with local community colleges in areas such as automotive and welding.
The GBCCA also leases space to Collin College so that local students can complete general education courses.
Many Rockwall companies have partnered with GBCCA on curriculum development or offering students internship/apprentice programs. This provides primary employers an opportunity to support the trades, give back locally, and ideally, help their future workforce pipeline.
Collin College Technical Campus
Collin College (Collin) is a community college providing North Texas residents with the opportunities to earn baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, and certificates since 1985. Collin serves more than 50,000 students both online and across 11 physical locations – including at the GBCCA.
The crown jewel of Collin’s workforce education is the Technical Campus in Allen. The newly opened campus – approximately 35 miles from Rockwall – offers 340,000 SF dedicated to state-of-the-art training facilities in areas such as electronic engineering technology, automation, robotics, computer-aided drafting, and welding.
As is the case with the GBCCA, REDC staff have developed relationships with the leaders of the Technical Campus, and have facilitated tours with area companies that have led to educate-to-hire partnerships.
Nearby Higher Education
In addition to Collin College, there are nine other higher education institutions that are in close proximity to Rockwall. These can be seen on the following map.
Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas
Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas (Workforce Solutions) serves as the local branch of the Texas Workforce Commission, providing services across a 14-county region to promote economic growth, opportunity, and a skilled workforce. Workforce Solutions can help existing and future Rockwall companies with recruitment and training programs. They also provide laborshed data, facilitate qualified financial aid for child care, and provide tax credit opportunities.
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